A Bloody Dickens Christmas

A Dickens Murder Mystery title coverWhat?

A Murder Mystery Dinner.

You are invited to leap into the spirit of Christmas, and dress up as one of Charles Dickens’ characters – you might be Miss Havisham or Estella from Great Expectations, or perhaps you’ll play Mr. Bah Humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol infamy.

Over a traditional 2-course Christmas dinner, you and your fellow Dickens character guests will sort through the clues and investigate who dunnit.

Perhaps YOU are the murderer!

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Your bloody evening will begin in the Library with mulled wine and canapés, during which you will mingle with your fellow suspects. Your Murder Host will attend, and introduce you to the evening’s proceedings, and then escort you to the Murder Room for your first course.

The Murder Mystery will begin; and as your Host guides you through the rest of the evening, you will hurl accusations at the other guests, while protecting yourself from slanderous allegations. Investigations will continue over dinner…

At the end of the evening, while lingering over coffee and port, you will have the opportunity to lay out the results of your inquiries, and point the finger at who you suspect is the murderous culprit!

Once you and your fellow guests have outlined their cases, your Murder Host will reveal the identity of the murderer (or murderers).

For some extra bloodthirsty fun, you’ll sing some almost familiar tunes from the Bloody Christmas Carol song book.


Throughout June and July 2019
(please note: all Friday and Saturday nights are booked, some Sunday and mid-week dates still available)

This special Murder Mystery Dinner takes place during the famous Yulefest Blue Mountains season, Australia’s original Christmas-in-July.


At the Palais Royale, Katoomba.

The Palaisis located in Katoomba, nestled in the Blue Mountains, about 5 minute’s drive the  famous Three Sisters, Echo Point and Scenic World – or about 40 minutes from Lithgow. View a map.


This unique Murder Mystery is strictly for groups of 10 people, playing 10 Dickens characters. To book, you will need to organise your group.

If you are interested in booking, please click here to go to the contact page to register your interest. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment – once it is confirmed, your host will contact you to discuss organising your group of 10 and other details.

  • Tickets for Friday & Saturday are $1350 ($135 per person)
  • Tickets for Wednesday & Thursday are $1250 ($125 per person)

All tickets are inclusive of booking fees and:

  • mulled wine
  • canapés
  • two course Christmas dinner
  • port and coffee
  • the Bloody Dickens Christmas Murder Mystery
  • your Murder Host
  • …and the Bloody Christmas Carol song book

Please Note; Bookings are only confirmed upon full payment. Refunds will not be made because you change your mind or for non-attendance; read our policy in full on this page.

The Scenario

It has been 23 years since Miss Havisham was left at the altar (Dickens’ Great Expectations).

Her Mansion is now in ruins and her days are spent in a haze of madness. She continues to wear her wedding dress. But something has occurred that has summoned a moment of clarity. A skeleton has been dug up on the property. A mutilated, murdered corpse, that at least for Miss Havisham must be her lost fiancé. Is it possible that after all these years she wasn’t in fact jilted? But who committed this atrocity?

A plan is set forth, as the very guests that were present on her wedding day 23 years ago, receive invitations to spend Christmas Eve at the Satis Manor… and within the Christmas merriment a murderer will be uncovered.

Join your favorite Dickens characters from Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop and Oliver Twist as the truth is revealed and the bloodiest of murders is revealed (and sing a few dark Christmas carols in the process).

Your quest: investigate who among your fellow guests is the Murderer?

The Suspects

  • Lady Dedlock: Aristocratic, icy cold, with a deadly secret. “Bleak House”
  • Estella: Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter, sociopath. “Great Expectations”
  • Mr Dorrit: A snob with a past. “Little Dorrit”
  • Fagin: A vile hideous man with a trailing of boys. “Oliver Twist”
  • Miss Havisham: Mad woman left at the Altar. “Great Expectations”
  • Ebenezer Scrooge: Cold-hearted miser. “A Christmas Carol”
  • Pip: Miss Havisham’s angry protégé. “Great Expectations”
  • Vincent Crummles: Theatre troupe leader, nasty habits.”Nicholas Nickleby”
  • Little Nell: A sweet girl, with murderous tendencies. “Old Curiosity Shop”
  • Sarah Gamp: Alcoholic midwife, accidents will happen. “Martin Chuzzlewit”


The owners Palais Royale are committed to ensuring guests enjoy exceptional service and make the most of the Palais Royale’s charming environment, wonderful facilities and fabulous location. These days the Grand Ballroom serves as a glorious function space complete with a sprung dance floor and fabulous chandeliers, and guests enjoy a delicious hot buffet breakfast in Gazelles Restaurant, which was named after the fabulous animal figures appearing on the terrazzo tiles at the hotel’s entrance.

Anyone who has booked a ticket to A Bloody Dickens Christmas, will be able to book accommodation at The Palais (depending on availability), at a special package rate. When you purchase your tickets online, you will be asked if you want the hotel management to contact you regarding accommodation. You can contact them using the form below.